from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hearing in a civil case which is based on the content of a document, in which the plaintiff is required to produce the document.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hearing or an inspection, as of a deed, bond, etc., .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a hearing or trial of causes.
  • n. The production of a document or copy of a document which an adversary has mentioned in his pleading; anciently, the hearing of the reading of such document. In early times often called oyer and determiner.


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  • Mr. Rich, as solicitor general, I appoint you and Mr. Cromwell to head a commission of oyer and terminer to investigate whether these offenses be true.

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

  • In 1683, Governor Dongan appointed him a judge of the court of oyer and terminer.161 In Massachusetts, too, most good lawyers in the generation after 1690 at one time or another held appointive office.162

    A History of American Law

  • In Delaware, there were courts of oyer and terminer, and courts of general sessions and jail delivery.

    A History of American Law

  • Some colonies borrowed from the English the idea of roving courts—courts of oyer and terminer and general gaol delivery.

    A History of American Law

  • As the century progressed, the legal regime in Newfoundland was expanded to include customs officers (1739) and courts of vice-admiralty (1736), oyer and terminer (1750), and common pleas (1789).

    Gutenber-e Help Page

  • On the other hand, the commissions of oyer and terminer were not known for their objectivity.


  • What Raleigh faced was actually a “special commission of oyer and terminer.”


  • You can get the place all dressed up but a Swell house only really comes alive once you have people oyer to dive into your punch bowl.

    Swell Holiday

  • Keep the cold out oyer Monk handed him threepence and took the generous slice.

    A Funeral In Blue

  •     Some of the fishers fled their boats, but other remained long enough to see the great serpentine heads of the dragon engines burst from the gray waters of the Mardun and tower oyer Kroog's docks.

    The Brothers' War


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